The Bellevue Business Journal and The Eastside Business Newspaper announced today they will cease printing, leaving Washington state, which lost the print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in March, down two more newspapers. In the press release, Joe Kennedy. the publisher of both papers, declared that print is “dead,” and that he plans to promote online media through social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook.
The decision is not just based on cost-cutting measures. In the release, Kennedy said this:
Over time as our online numbers grew, it became increasingly evident that we were wasting valuable resources: newsprint, ink, and the fuel needed to deliver and distribute a less effective product. Killing off our print editions is not only the smart thing to do, but done as part of our social responsibility to be kind to our environment.
The paper has scheduled a celebratory last newspaper burning for later this month.
But in a state where rain is now more frequent than the printed word, the resulting carbon emissions from the bonfire shouldn’t be that environmentally damaging.